<p>Computer Model Predicts Brain Tumor Growth and Evolution</p>

<p>Scientists from Brown University, the University of Texas and elsewhere have developed a computational computer model that tracks brain tumor growth virtually and can be matched to real tumors. The new computer model could lead to specific, targeted treatments for individualized therapy. Details are in the May 15 edition of the journal <em>Cancer Research.</em></p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Brown Graduate School of Confer Degrees and Awards on May 24</p>

<p>The Brown University Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2009, on Lincoln Field, with Dean Sheila Bonde presiding. Dhiraj Catoor, a doctoral candidate in engineering, will deliver the student address, titled<em> </em>“Scholarship Within and Beyond the Ivory Tower.” Several prestigious awards will also be presented.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Brown Selects Two Seniors to Deliver Commencement Speeches</p>

<p>Noor Najeeb of Mequon, Wis., and Juliana Thorstenn of Garden City, N.Y., will deliver senior orations to their classmates at the University Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 12:45 p.m. on The College Green. Najeeb's address is titled “Facing Fear” and Thorstenn’s address is titled “Singing.” The full texts of <a href="/pressreleases/2009/05/najeeb">Najeeb’s “Facing Fear”</a> and <a href="/pressreleases/2009/05/thorstenn">Thorstenn’s “Singing”</a> are available online.</p>

<p>Children of Providence Fund Awards First Grants to Public Schools</p>

<p>The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence, inspired in part by the report of the University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, will provide Providence Public Schools with new graphing calculators to enrich teaching and learning in mathematics classrooms.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Commencement Forums Cover Economy, Nanotechnology, Literature and More</p>

<p>Brown University’s Commencement Forums and Alumni Reunion Forums, a series of academic colloquia by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests, will begin on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Sessions range from economics and literature to nanotechnology and obesity. All forums are free and open to the public on a space-available basis.</p>
Better Eating, Thanks To Postman

<p>Personalized Nutritional Information Sent Through Mail Helps Improve Diets</p>

<p>Researchers led by Kim Gans, associate professor and co-director of the Institute for Community Health Promotion, have found that sending customized nutritional materials through the mail helped low-income ethnically diverse people eat more fruits and vegetables and improve their diets. Details are highlighted in <em>The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. </em></p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Trailblazing AIDS Researcher to Receive Rosenberger Medal</p>

<p>Charles Carpenter, M.D., an international leader in AIDS research and training who has worked with HIV patients for nearly three decades, will receive the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal, the Brown faculty’s highest honor, during Brown University’s Commencement exercises Sunday, May 24, 2009.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Alpert Medical School to Confer 90 Degrees for Class of 2009</p>

<p>The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University celebrates its 35th graduating class with addresses by Jim Yong Kim, M.D., incoming president of Dartmouth College and a Brown University alumnus; Fred J. Schiffman, M.D., professor of medicine at Brown; and Jessica Chan, a member of the M.D. Class of 2009.</p>
May 3, 2009

<p>Information for the Brown Community Regarding Influenza A (H1N1)</p>

<p>Rhode Island has its first laboratory-confirmed case of H1N1 influenza, and three probable cases have been announced at Johnson and Wales University. There have been no confirmed or probable cases at Brown. State medical authorities say H1N1 influenza appears similar to seasonal influenza, relatively mild, and responsive to treatment when necessary. University administrators sent the following e-mail communication to the campus community today.</p>

<p>Weight Loss Competitions Produce Encouraging Results</p>

<p>A study of results from the Shape Up Rhode Island 2007 weight loss competition showed many people can successfully lose weight through such competitions at minimal cost. Details are in <a href="http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/oby2008655a.html"><em>Obesity</em></a> online, with a print version scheduled to be published in early May.</p>

<p>Report Shows U.S. Wildlife Trade Poorly Regulated</p>

<p>A research team including Brown University has found that the U.S. wildlife import system is broken. In a paper published in <em>Science</em>, the team reported that federal authorities failed to accurately list more than four in five species entering the country. The effect: A range of diseases is introduced into the United States, potentially decimating species, devastating ecosystems and threatening food supply chains and human health.</p>
April 30, 2009

<p>Information on Influenza A (H1N1) for the Brown Community</p>

<p>There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) at the University. The World Health Organization has increased the level of its influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5, however. University administrators sent the following e-mail communication to the campus community today.</p>
The Future of Ideas

<p>RI-CIE Launches in Providence as Resource for Entrepreneurs </p>

<p>The Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will formally open its headquarters at One Davol Square on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. RI-CIE is a cooperative effort among Providence, the state, Brown University, and business and economic development officials. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Mayor David N. Cicilline, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, and others will officiate at the opening. (See <a href="/pressreleases/2009/04/riciecomments">summary of comments</a>.)</p>